New York – Lots of new bands to catch up on for this edition of our Mixtape, with live reviews, interviews, album reviews, and a handful of just out of the oven music and video releases. Ghost Wave was our latest Featured Artist, an Auckland, NZ quintet who “embodies the revitalization of the island’s 1980s Dunedin sound with that distinctive lo-fi jangly pop.”
Katie saw Foy Vance at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles, an artist who has been deemed “the most important solo musician to emerge from Northern Ireland since Van Morrison,” by The Belfast Telegraph. Sounds like it was a full experience. Caroline caught Golden Youth’s show in Nashville, who possess a “spirit of uplifting pop music that falls somewhere between Jonsi, Bibio, and Frou Frou.” Evan reviewed Sky Ferreira’s new album, Night Time, My Time, where the electro pop chanteuse explores themes of vulnerability and self consciousness “through various channels ranging from catchy retro pop, to bleak industrial angst.” Evan also caught up with Grammy nominee and M83 collaborator Morgan Kibby to talk about her solo project White Sea, Grammy parties, and “writing a platinum single after a bottle of wine in her PJ’s.”
And in fresh music releases:
Rapper Kid Ink just premiered his new video for single “Show Me” feat. Chris Brown, and it’s already set to be featured as MTV Jams’ “Jam of the Week.” If the song sounds familiar, if you grew up in the 90s, you might remember that beat from early 90s dance track “Show Me Love” by Robin S.
If Julian Casablancas says you’re “probably the coolest band in the world at the moment, a truly legit modern hardcore/punk band, and by far my favorite” and signs you to his label Cult Records, you’ve got a good thing going. Cerebral Ballzy dropped that news tidbit, as well as premiered new track “Better In Leather”
Drowners premiered their video for “Hold Me Down” on Rolling Stone, which they shot while out on tour, chronically epic landscapes and all times of day debauchery.
Austin Psych fuzz pop band Tele Novella have released a debut 7 inch, with the A side “Don’t Be A Stranger.”
Israeli noise rock band Vaadat Charigim is a trio from Tel Aviv who has their debut album, The World Is Well Lost, coming out this week. This past week they shared a video for their single “Ze Beseder Lefahed.”
Alex Winston has been compared to the likes of Joanna Newsom, Lykke Li, PJ Harvey, and especially Kate Bush. Latest single “101 Vultures” off her forthcoming 2014 album proves that comparison is extremely accurate.
Alvvays is an indie fuzz pop band from Toronto. Look how cute they are.
Lately there’s been some rumbling about an “emo revival.” While at first that may make you want to gag, depending on your tolerance of the definition of actually legit emo bands, there were some worthwhile ones. Whether they like it or not, Their/They’re/There is a frontrunner in said revival, being formed by Mike Kinsella (Owen, Cap’n Jazz), Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It., Pet Symmetry), and Matt Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships, The Para-medics).
Foxygen spinoff Diane Coffee shared a new non-album track, “Gov. T,” and announced November tour dates.
“Borders” is the first single from surf punk band Honduras’ forthcoming EP Morality Cuts. This is the next Brooklyn band I’m excited about.
London, UK quintet Duologue were recently in town playing CMJ, and even more recently has debuted a video for single “Talk Shop,” or How To Celebrate Your Next Birthday: An Instructional Video by Duologue. Get your notepad ready.
A Million Billion Dying Suns sound as dramatic as your name implies, with long, lush textures within pulsing noise pop. “Plush” is their new single, described by frontman Nate Mercereau as “about being present, which is a constant effort; something I have to always be reminded of.”
Tele Novella – “Don’t Be A Stranger”
Cerebral Ballzy – “Better in Leather”
Drowners – “Luv, Hold Me Down”
Alvvays – “Adult Diversion”
Their / They’re / There – “Curtain Call”
Diane Coffee – “Gov T”
Honduras – “Borders”
A Million Billion Dying Suns – “Plush”
Kid Ink – ““Show Me” feat. Chris Brown
Duologue – “Talk Shop”
Sky Ferreira – “You’re Not the One”
Alex Winston – “101 Vultures”
Vaadat Charigim – “Ze Beseder Lefahed”
Ghost Wave – “Here She Comes”
Foy Vance – “Shed A Little Light”
Golden Youth – “We Are Alive”
White Sea – “They Don’t Know”
Bonus video: Philly-based Weathervane Music’s latest installment of video series Shaking Through, where they document a making of-type session with an artist in the studio. This episode features Celestial Shore, with guest Lorely Rodriguez (Empress Of) creating their song “Die For Us.”